A Practical Guide to Caring for Children and Teenagers with by Chris Taylor

By Chris Taylor

This booklet courses childcare execs via attachment conception and gives recommendations for taking care of young children with attachment problems. It explains what attachment is, what diverse styles of attachment appear like in childrens and youth, how early attachment reports have an effect on their lives, and the way this realizing may also help childcare staff to increase healing methods of worrying. through knowing those matters, childcare employees are greater outfitted to aid and help the stricken youngsters they take care of. This booklet exhibits tips to advertise restoration via safe base reports in a healing atmosphere and offers strategies and strategies to take on tough and challenge behaviour, anger and the results of trauma in childrens with attachment difficulties. This crucial publication may be valuable to execs resembling residential carers, social staff and foster carers who paintings in a healing surroundings with susceptible and bothered childrens and youngsters.

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Uncontrollable events: the less control we have (or perceive we have) the more stress we experience. • Unpredictable events: being able to predict a stressful event usually reduces its severity. • Challenges to our limits: events that challenge our capabilities are stressful. • Internal conflicts: when our inner needs, motivations or beliefs are in conflict with each other. Children are subject to the usual range of life stress, but these stressors are compounded by a life cut adrift from the past, separated from families, with uncertain futures, and lacking satisfactory regulation of emotions.

The child is not a passive recipient of developmental experiences; they actively construct their own environment, their place in the group, and their one-to-one relationships as they explore their unique developmental pathway. In a child-centred model of care, the child’s needs remain at the centre of these transactional interactions; their developmental niche is 43 Caring for Children and Teenagers with Attachment Difficulties sensitively responsive to their needs. However, the terrifying primary experiences of loss and abandonment that pervade the child’s inner world exert a powerful pressure on this developmental niche, which can easily begin to mirror the child’s early experiences.

Institutional care can also disorganize a child’s attachment. Frequent changes of placement, discontinuity of caregivers, and inconsistencies in caregiving all replicate the family environments that trigger attachment disorganization. Substitute carers are also unlikely to be able to offer the unconditional love that children need. Even if they were able to do so, external pressures within the care system and wider society will frequently disrupt even successful (for the child) placements. Children are moved from placements in foster families and residential homes for all kinds of reasons.

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